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Steve Fraley, BBT
Co-owner & Guide

April 15, 2018

Hey guys,

Not much more to add to what I posted in my short report on Friday morning. Water is slightly out of its banks in a few places now, but appears to be holding pretty steady up this way as shown in these two photos I borrowed from Clint’s web cam today.

9am today.

2:30pm today.

Caution advised as always in high(er) water, but if you’re familiar with the river in these conditions it’s pretty much perfect and should continue to hold some height/color for a while with some snow melt following…

Don’t need any more days starting at 1 degree, that’s for sure!

Mother nature has tossed us a curve ball for sure this spring, but I can’t complain too much having been out on the river guiding very steady since late February and finding fish to play with nearly every day, but the best of it was early March this year and it looks like we will have a very strong finish. The higher water has brought up new fish as well as bringing the ones that were already here out of the woodwork/undercuts and back into all the normal lies.

-2 degrees at the barn, 1 degree at the launch and still a great time!

See you next year guys!

The forecast, if you can believe it, actually looks pretty good compared to that of late starting from about Tuesday on and I’m open Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday as well as the 30th this month yet for anyone interested. (I was actually blocked off yesterday as usual, but had and have no desire to go out today or tomorrow… ;^) We have other guides open on many other days in April yet as well as Motel rooms so give the shop a call to check on dates and get in on the action… 231-745-3529

Fast Eddy (OK, just Ed. ;^) getting it done early with this nice drop back from a hole!

We found some indigenous species in the holes as well! Hehehe…

I’ve fished 26 springs in a row with this guy. (As well as many falls, a few summers and some destination trips! ;^) They actually had to pour me into the boat back in 2016, but I simply couldn’t break the streak that Paul and I have going…

If you’re looking to gain some good river/fishing karma (And possibly squeeze in some great fishing.) come join us for BBT’s annual Spring PM River Cleanup on Saturday the 21st! We will meet at the shop at 8am to try and sort out river beats, hand out trash bags and set up car spots for those of you floating. Plan on being around the shop for a little while as it is almost always a little like herding cats, but it is nice to get a full group photo before we all depart to do as much good as possible.

Some kind of shady pike streamer deal I caught in the barn the other day… ;^)

Your car spots, the trash bags and an appreciation party with dinner (At my barn starting at 7pm) are all on us as our way of saying thanks from us and the river! BYOB and feel free to bring a dish if you wish, but it’s really not necessary. Last minute participants are always welcome, but if you know you’re coming please let the shop know how many of you there will be for better dinner planning purposes… 231-745-3529 7am – 7pm

Heebs, Jeff and I had a drop back fest along with some hot new ones we lost on Thursday and Friday fishing darkwater.

We also had some great snacks as well as one heck of a hail storm on Friday that others enjoyed with us!

Repeats from the quick report Friday morning…

Anyway, that’s about all I’ve got for you right now. I had planned on going into one of my old school rants on a few subjects, but a couple of days rest has done me good and with the season nearing an end what’s the sense in stirring a pot. Treat others as you would wish to be treated and respect the other anglers out there no matter how or where they are fishing if it’s legal. Respect private property as well, be sure to have the proper required gear if floating and your fishing license on your person. Checking has been very regular as of late… Above all, have fun, that’s why we’re all out there!

Had to post this one more time also! Hehehehe...

Tight lines all,

Announcements/Destination Travel Info-

Join us at The Blue Bonefish in Belize January 19th to January 26th (6 spots available) or January 26th to February 2nd (8 spots available) 2019!

All guest enjoy the use of golf carts and bicycles to get around the island as well as kayaks and paddleboards!

Need more after a day of fishing? Go back out! ;^)

A fishing package ($1,795.00 US plus 9% local sales tax and guide tips) includes seven nights lodging (two per suite) all meals, four days flats fishing for bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook, barracuda and jack trevalle (two per boat), one day of reef fishing or snorkeling and a free day to explore or take a tour!

A non-fishing package ($1,000.00 US plus 9% local sales tax) includes seven nights lodging and all meals/amenities. Extra flats fishing day can be added ($150.00 US per day plus guide tip) if a non fishing guest wished to join for a day or a fishing guest would like a little more!

Mayan ruins tours, cave tubing, scuba diving, snorkeling, jungle zip lining and catamaran sailing are some of the day tours we can book for you while there, or simply enjoy exploring the island…

A 50% deposit is required at the time of booking (Cash or check) and only 6 & 8 spots are available! (US Passport is required!) First come first serve… Getting there is easy with a flight to Belize City followed by a short airplane ride on Tropic Air to the island of San Pedro where you will be met at the airport.

This is a fantastic and affordable trip to just relax in the sun or enjoy some spectacular salt water fishing! While most of our (BBT’s) destination travel trips are hardcore fishing this one, in contrast, is most certainly one that a non-fishing companion would enjoy just as much! San Pedro is an awesome little laid back island with English speaking residents, Caribbean cuisine, great shopping and night life! Give us a call to reserve your place with us this winter… 1-231-745-3529

Argentina 2019

The dates are January 5 – 12, 2019 and we are taking deposits ($1,000) now to hold your spot! Treat yourself to a trip of a lifetime! The package price per person based on double occupancy is US $3,950.00 and includes:
• Six full days guided fishing (with expert, local bilingual (Spanish-English) fly-fishing guide)
• All your lodging, meals and beverages (including beer & wine with meals)
• Transportation to and from the Airport in Bariloche

Alaska We have our “BBT Hosted” dates set for next year…. (Keep in mind we can book any dates for you!!) August 4 - 11, 2018. The “BBT Special” will be $3,495 per person for a week of fishing in some of the greatest water in Alaska! This rate INCLUDES the “Best of Katmai” Package; two fly outs throughout the week! $3,495 is the standard weekly rate without fly-outs…an incredible BBT exclusive deal!!! If you are interested in joining us, please contact the shop for details. It is an amazing trip!!!!

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